Messi scores at the General Court
201804.27
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Messi scores at the General Court

Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi has won a seven-year trade mark battle over the use of his own name. Messi first made an application in 2011 to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for a device and word to be used on sports clothing, shoes and equipment. The disputed mark consists of…

ACID Announces Design Champion on World IP Day
201804.26
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ACID Announces Design Champion on World IP Day

On this day each year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) celebrate World Intellectual Property Day as a way of promoting intellectual property rights and highlighting the vital role these rights play in encouraging creativity and supporting innovation. The campaign for this year’s World IP Day was based on the creativity and ingenuity of women…

Naruto cannot own copyright
201804.25
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Naruto cannot own copyright

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has handed down a decision in an infamous dispute between a photographer and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Court has held that Naruto cannot own copyright. This is probably logical, as Naruto is a macaque monkey. The usual rule of copyright…

German court declares AdBlock Plus legal
201804.20
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German court declares AdBlock Plus legal

At the conclusion of a four-year legal battle between German news publisher Axel-Springer-Verlag (“ASV”) and Eyeo (who operate AdBlock Plus) the German Federal Court (“FCJ”) have held that the operation of the browser addon is legal. The addon prevents popups, banner adds, and “hover” adverts (the difficult to close video adverts with a fake “X”…

No break for KitKat
201804.19
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No break for KitKat

The Court of Justice of the European Union has said that the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) must re-examine whether Nestlé’s KitKat shape (the four-fingered one) may remain registered as an EU trademark. We have previously reported on the confectionery issue here. In a press-release announcing the decision today, advocate-general Wathelet said that the…

Counterfeit cosmetics: the faecal truth
201804.18
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Counterfeit cosmetics: the faecal truth

This week over $700,000 of counterfeit cosmetics were seized in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Piracy Unit coordinated a multi-agency raid with the FBI and Central Bureau Vice Unit. The taskforce raided multiple locations in and around the Santee Alley, which houses more than 150 fashion stores and is the design hub…